Introduction: A Bronze Level Introduction to Viennese Waltz.
Frame: Standard. Count: 1-2-3 (fast).
Leaders and Followers: Leaders and Followers move as a unit. Same moves essentially.


If you look at the ballroom syllabus for Viennese waltz, you'll notice that it has the fewest moves out of any dance. 4 for bronze, 1 for silver, and 2 more for gold. The reason for this is that VW is pretty damn hard. Take a look at any competition. If we look at just Bronze couples, 40% can't keep up with time, 25% go too fast, 20% stay on time but look like they're working too hard and only the remainder 15% perform VW seemingly without effort. (Note that these percentages are based on my general observations and most certainly not grounded in any scientific methods).

The four Bronze moves that will follow after this introduction are Natural Turn, Reverse Turn, Forward Change, and Back Change. But before you read those, please do the following:

Practice: Practice Waltz extensively and make sure you understand and execute the concepts of drive and sway. In English Waltz (slow), you can still stay on time even if you're not driving or swaying. But in VW, you're going to find yourself falling behind or ahead very quickly unless you have these two concepts under your belt.
Tempo: Obtain some app that allows you to slow down music. The one that I use is Tempo Slow (I feel silly saying this, but I'm obviously not being paid by the maker(s) of Tempo Slow to advertise for them). It's clean, free, minimal. It does one job and that's to slow or speed down music of your choosing. So get something that does that, and listen to some VW music at normal speed, then set it to about 75% that. You'll need to start slow to pick up what you're doing.
Alone + Partner: Understand the import of practicing alone and with a partner and do so with VW. VW very heavily relies on couples being able to move as a unit. Unless you're able to do the moves alone yourself, you certainly won't be able to do it with a partner. And with a partner, the difficultly triples. This is because VW is a rotary dance and you and your partner must function as two halves to a top without falling apart.
Quickstep: Remember when you first did Quickstep and was like, OHMYGOD IT'S TOO FAST. Yeah, but then you did it more and more and realized it's actually not that fast. Same is true for VW. It's not that fast, so calm down and just keep precise time to the music.

It sounds like VW is tough, and it is. But on the upside, it's one of the funnest dances and certainly my favorite one.

Cheers.